Helpful Tips to Prepare Your Child For Preschool
Preschool is an entirely new world for your child. While we have guidance on starting at Woodcrest, there are certain general tips that can help your child with preparation prior to the first day. Preschool is oftentimes your child’s first experience being away from you. Getting them ready for this will help them reach their utmost potential when starting school. Read below for helpful tips to prepare your child for Preschool.
Set a routine
Creating a set routine for your child will help to start preparing them for following a schedule when starting preschool. This can be a morning routine, an after-nap routine, or a bedtime routine. Creating these steps to start and end the day provides a chance for your child to understand the importance of schedules.
While distancing is advised during this time, allowing for a socially distant playdate helps your child build interaction skills. Knowing the do’s and don’ts when playing with another child will help them become more social and comfortable once starting school.
Build up their fine motor skills
Help your child prepare for preschool by introducing them to activities that enhance their motor skills. At Woodcrest Preschool, we offer a range of classroom exercises from Stem learning to Coding. Getting your child ready for this experience does not require you to do the same. Instead, choose games and activities that build cognitive motor skills. This can be as simple as Legos or special color pages. The point is to start and let us continue their educational journey.
Teaching your child to not only follow directions but to complete each task, helps them learn the value of getting from A-Z (figuratively and literally). Whether that is ensuring they put away all of their toys or finish all of their peas, tasks like these aid not just with the follow-through but also to focus.
Instill a Love of Reading in Your Child
Most children love storytime, but it is not just the stories we tell that matter. It is important to instill a love of reading in your child early on so that when it comes time to learn to read, they are jumping from page to page, ready for the next. Getting your child started on loving to read improves their vocabulary and imagination.